Pediatric First Visit to Primary Dental Care

If it’s your child’s pediatric first visit to Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California, they’re probably wondering what to expect. Many people, kids and adults, are nervous about seeing a dentist, especially for the first time. What you and your child will find during their pediatric first visit is that we want to get to know them a little, and we will be concerned especially about their teeth, mouth, and the surrounding regions.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is focused on the dental health of children. A dentist who works in this field is concerned about development issues related to a child’s oral health, as well as ensuring that kid patients develop sound dental practices that will last a lifetime. Over the course of time, as a child continues grows, their mouth, teeth, and gums also develop, and your pediatric dentist will monitor that development. Your child’s pediatric first visit is the initial step towards a lifetime of sound dental health.

Getting Started

When your child arrives at Primary Dental Care for their pediatric first visit we’ll ask them, with the help of their parent, to fill out some paperwork that will include their name, address, and other contact information, as well as their medical history, including any previous dental work they’ve had done. Once we have the necessary details that we need, they’ll go on to the next step.

Your Child’s Exam

Your child’s first exam will include a careful evaluation by a pediatric dentist of the outside of their neck, throat, and face. Also, the dentist will perform a detailed examination of the inside of their mouth and throat, checking teeth, gums, and tongue. The dentist will look for anything that may be unusual or that may indicate your child has a problem, including bumps, breaks, or swelling in the lining of their mouth and gums; cavities, cracks, or chips in their teeth; and any other such problems.


During their first pediatric first visit, your child’s dentist may also recommend that they have a series of x-rays done. Although not every pediatric patient needs x-rays on their first visit, many times these are done in order to see give the dentist information concerning developing problems that cannot be found by or may not be confirmed by the basic dental exam.

Discussing Your Dental Health

At the end of their pediatric first visit, your child’s dentist will discuss their dental health with you and your child. If the dentist has found any problems, such as cavities or tartar build up, they will suggest that these be addressed in a timely manner. They may also discuss any problems with your child’s teeth that they see developing in the future.

Also, the dentist will discuss the importance of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Your child will be given instructions on how to properly brush, floss, and utilize mouthwash.

Finally, when your child’s pediatric first visit is over at Primary Dental Care, we will suggest another visit in six months, and/or we will schedule any treatments they may need upon your approval.

Good Dental Health

A child’s pediatric first visit at Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California, is about assessing their dental wellbeing, making sure that they understand the basics of sound dental health, and creating a baseline of information for further visits. Primary Dental Care offers pediatric services that are designed for children of all ages.

To make an appointment for a pediatric first visit with Primary Dental Care, call us at 714-537-5700.